The former president of the United States, George HW Bush, has died at the age of 94.
The 41st president passed away shortly after 10pm on Friday, family spokesman Jim McGrath said. His wife Barbara Bush, died in April.
His son, George W Bush, the 43rd president, said his father was a ‘man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.’
George HW Bush was in office from 1989 to 1993.
In a statement, George W Bush said: “The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”
Statement by the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, on the passing of his father this evening at the age 94. pic.twitter.com/oTiDq1cE7h
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 1, 2018
— Kimberly Willingham Hubbard (@kimiwillingham) December 1, 2018
Tonight we say farewell to our last president to have fought in WWII, who presided over the breakup of America's greatest rival, and who prevailed over Saddam Hussain. At age 94, this great man says goodbye to his 5 children, 14 grandchildren, and a loving nation. #GeorgeHWBush pic.twitter.com/xiFSL7E1Zy
— ODU Republicans (@RepubsAtODU) December 1, 2018
— Matt Barber (@jmattbarber) December 1, 2018
— The Popple (@ThePoppleDotCom) December 1, 2018
The youngest U.S. Navy fighter pilot in World War II & the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, has died at the age of 94. President Bush is survived by five of his children. Bush’s wife of 73 years, Barbara, passed earlier this year. #GeorgeHWBush pic.twitter.com/HI1p30JJ2o
— Marie Coronel (@10NewsCoronel) December 1, 2018
The legacy of 41st #POTUS , #GeorgeHWBush, I will remember most is his volunteer movement "Points of Light" – encouraging Americans into a life of service. Something he spent his life doing. Here as a young Navy man, enlisting as a teenager. pic.twitter.com/Z13MIj45kb
— Kathleen Bade (@KathleenFOX5) December 1, 2018
— Jimy Pothen (@jimypothen) December 1, 2018
“Former US Republican President George Bush Sr has confirmed he voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, labelling Donald Trump a ‘blowhard.’”https://t.co/3imNvmDKX7 @BBCNews #GeorgeHWBush #RIP🕊
— Heidi Cuda (@foxycuda) December 1, 2018